Santa Barbara County Laboratory Provides Help for Local Community with COVID-19 Crisis

Santa Barbara County Laboratory Provides Help for Local Community with COVID-19 Crisis

As many businesses across the globe are shutting their doors due to the pandemic, one start-up tech company has managed to pivot its mission and allocate resources to find a way to help out the local community and endure economic hard times. Merso Labs Inc. launched a high-throughput CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory in July.

As many businesses across the globe are shutting their doors due to the pandemic, one start-up tech company has managed to pivot its mission and allocate resources to find a way to help out the local community and endure economic hard times. Merso Labs Inc. launched a high-throughput CLIA-certified COVID-19 testing laboratory in July. The testing facility, based in Lompoc, CA, has been processing clinical samples to support public health efforts, with a near-term goal of performing 1,000 tests per day and sample lab test turnaround time of 3 days. Currently, the lab has the capability to process roughly 400 samples per day.

In addition to increasing capacity for patients, Merso Labs is also supporting access to testing for public sector essential personnel and healthcare workers on the front lines of the crisis. Their COVID-19 testing services connects test ordering, results delivery, medical consulting, and public health agency case reporting. Merso has begun service by engaging with several private and public healthcare institutions in the region such as the Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Skilled and Rehab Nursing Home, and many school districts in Santa Barbara County.

The Merso research and development team has actively validated higher-throughput COVID-19 testing techniques, including specialized laboratory protocols, automation techniques, and collection methods. The goal of the team is to directly increase COVID-19 testing capacity, introduce new testing technologies, and help increase testing capacity in Santa Barbara County, the Central Coast and across California.

Merso Labs can process COVID-19 samples, assist in assigning a prescribing doctor, and organize a swab collection by qualified healthcare professionals, per FDA guidance. For the latest information on Merso, visit https://www.mersolabs.com/covid. For inquiries, email [email protected]